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Working holiday in the middle of Keswick in the English Lake District

Country: United Kingdom


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We welcome applications for the following dates:

POSITION- Housekeeper
1. No AVAILABILITY until September

POSITION - General Maintenance/Estate work.
1. No AVAILABILITY until September

Minimum age = 21
We really welcome WorkAwayers who prefer to stay up to 3-6 months

We are a family business (holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast).
We have woodland, garden, river and vegetable garden as well as a dog, cat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese. Jeronime is a qualified and experienced EFL teacher.

We are a large family with 7 children (3 at university) so our house is ALWAYS a very busy house.
We love walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside.

Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.



Type of help

Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,


Which one will you apply for?

To be in charge of cleaning the family house, help with the B&B & work in a team cleaning the self-catering cottages. Occasional babysitting/collecting children from the school bus.

must have experience in some of the following:
plumbing / electrical work / carpentry / painting and decorating / woodland work / gardening / farming
You will be working outside and Cumbria is often wet!
We would also like you to help clean guest accommodation on Saturdays.

We require Workawayers with experienced, who are organised, conscientious , use time effectively, and who are able to work independently.

PLEASE NOTE - we are willing to help you find evening work in Keswick

Languages spoken

English, reasonable French & German, some Japanese & Arabic


We will accommodate you in one of the following;
1. Bedroom on the top floor of the main family house
2. One of our lovely B&B rooms
3. A room in one of our lovely self-catering units
4. A room in our barn which we are slowly converting
5. In the summer, if all our accommodation is full, we have a fabulous tent which we will give you.

You will probably need to move room during your stay.

Three meat free meals a day. We eat fish, dairy and eggs.
We all eat together.

You can make tea / coffee / cordial anytime you want.

We usually have homemade biscuits & cake available for snacks as well as fresh fruit.

WorkAways are expected to help prepare meals, lay the table and clear-up after meals. This time is in addition to your 5 hours per day.

You will need to keep your rooms and the bathroom tidy.

What else ...

Our place is set in 3 acres of land, with garden, vegetable garden, woodland and river, 5 minutes walk to the centre of Keswick in Cumbria.

Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming.

There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, singing, theatre....) some of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and have made good friends here.

We have boats and bikes for you to borrow.

We encourage you to only speak English whilst here. You will find that your English improves much quicker if you do.

Your WorkAway experience will be as good as the effort you put into it!!

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

25hrs per week


Our place

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View from the garden
View from the garden
We keep lambs from April - August
We keep lambs from April - August
A great walk just down the valley from where we live
A great walk just down the valley from where we live
Half way round one of our favourite walks
Half way round one of our favourite walks
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
View towards Skiddaw
View towards Skiddaw
View from bedroom window
View from bedroom window
Another bedroom
Another bedroom
Host ref number: 964952339343

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